This server restore is based on a Compaq server using
a RAID 5 array,
Windows NT 4.0, and ARCserver 6.5 (build 620). The procedures,
specific to this configuration, can still be used as
general restore procedures.
NT Server 4.0 CD with CD Key
(if you don't have a bootable
CD ROM drive, you will need the 3 NT boot disks)
latest service pack for NT Server (should be at
for NT v6.5 build 620
(if you need to recreate
the System Partition or RAID Array)
indicating IP Address, subnet mask, default gateway,
type of Network Card, and hard drive partition info.
Full Backup tape
System Partition, configure hard drives or RAID Array
ARCServe, configure restore job
backup to server
backup was successful
Prepare the Server:
you need to install the Compaq System Partition, or recreate
the RAID Array
insert the SmartStart
CD in the server and reboot the server. For information
on this procedure
see Compaq SmartStart CD under Tech
documentation for the number of logical drives, partitions,
and their sizes when
setting up your hard drives. Is your Array using
a hot spare?
Install the Software:
the NT 4.0 CD in the CD ROM drive, and reboot the server.
- If your system BIOS
does not support booting from the CD ROM
you will have to start the install using the 3 NT 4.0
get them here.
- Duplicate your previous
install as far as drive partitions and file system.
- Network connectivity
does not need to be installed for the restore,
need the network to get your service pack or ARCserve
- Install NT as a
Member or Stand Alone Server. If you
are connected to
it is not necessary to join a Domain for the restore.
- After NT is installed,
open Disk Administrator. Create and format
hard drive space according to your documentation.
your latest Service Pack. This will require
a reboot when finished.
ARCserve for NT v6.5 build 620. The update
to build 620 was
an important update
for ARCserve, and should be installed if your
version is build 600.
To see your version and build numbers, open
ARCserve Job Status,
and click on Help | About.
Make sure to install
ARCserve to the same path it was installed when
the backup was done.
If you install it on another partition or in a
you will end up with two copies of ARCserve.
There is an
ARCserve Technical Document that states you need to
a modification to
the registry in order for NT system files that are in
use during the restore,
to be restored. Do the following:
- Open REGEDT32.exe.
- Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE
- If the Task and
Restore keys are not there, you need to create them.
- In the Restore key,
add the value ActiveFiles as type REG_DWORD
it equal to 1.
- Close REGEDT32.
your Full Backup tape in the tape drive.
the ARCserve Manager from Start | Programs. Then
Job Status. Choose
the Manager Menu, then Utilities,
then Recover Database.
the Run Icon (Traffic Light) to start the Database Recovery
from the backup
tape. This shouldn't take more than 20 minutes.
the Recovery job is finished, choose the Manager Menu,
Restore by Tree, choose My Computer (with your computer
My Computer, double click the box next to each drive
to select it,
then highlight each
drive (one at a time) and click the version history
From here you can
choose which session on the tape to restore.
the Destination tab and leave "Restore files to
the Schedule Tab to schedule the Restore job.
the Restore menu at the top of the screen, then Options.
the Destination Tab, choose "Create Entire Path
from the Root"
"Overwrite All Files".
Operation Tab, choose "Restore Registry Files"
the OK button, then the Run Icon (Traffic Light).
for the restore operation to finish. This could
take 30 mins.,
or more hours depending on how much data you have to
the restore is finished, plug your server into the network
(if it isn't already),
shut down NT, and power off the server.
the server back on, let it boot up (you hope...), and
begin to check out
Depending on how your Domain/Server is configured, you
want to let the
server sit on the network for 15 mins or so before
having users access
the server. The server will need time for
replication, and browser list updates.
- Check your Network
connection (ping your default gateway
and open Network
Neighborhood to check for other devices).
- Check ARCserve
(does it open? BTW... you will have to recreate
your old backup
- Check the Event
Viewer for any errors.
- Have a couple
of users reboot their PCs, Login to the Domain, and
see if they can
access the server and any applications or data
they normally use.
If all looks well, let all users do the same.